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Won’t someone think of the poor rape-joke tellers?

This text-as-image comment, posted to Reddit, has 468 net upvotes the last I checked. (Here’s the original post it’s responding to.)

Truly, the most heart-wrenching thing about rape is that those courageous souls who make jokes about it are sometimes made to feel a little bad about it on the internet.

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Bagelsan
Bagelsan
10 years ago

…On the other hand, all my questions about what Mag has up her ass (from the MRAhorns thread) have been answered, so yay? O_o

Rutee
Rutee
10 years ago

“Rutee – I don’t know if you’re an angsty teenager who thinks it’s ‘cool’ to swear all the time, or just a headcase with Tourette’s syndrome, but I won’t waste my time on somebody who can’t even be bothered to employ basic civility. Consider yourself permanently ignored.”
I’m someone who doesn’t contain her anger at stupid people. You’re defending rape jokes; what the hell makes you think you’re civil? Consider yourself a troll.

Rutee
Rutee
10 years ago

“So they don’t have all the power anymore? Well then I guess they should no longer be acceptable targets for ridicule, either?”
Missed this; you’re a twit, aren’t you?

Have you ever listened to a Chris Rock routine? He had an amazing one that clearly lays out the difference between this shit, actually. Able white cis hetero dudes of status still hold the amazingly disproportionate amount of power; they advantage those like them subconsciously and consciously, as can be witnessed by literally dozens of studies. It leaks into societal narratives, and is generally internalized by *everyone*, not just the dudes with power.

Onto the Chris Rock Routine;t he difference between black people, who generally have nothing, mocking white people, who hold the majority of the power, is that at the end of the day, that white dude still has a shot at getting a loan. He has a better chance, all else being equal, of being hired over a black dude, a woman, etc. White people already have this shit; if they mock black dudes, that’s just being mean. It might be funny to them, but it’s a bully’s humor, not a jester’s.

Bagelsan
Bagelsan
10 years ago

Rutee – I don’t know if you’re an angsty teenager who thinks it’s ‘cool’ to swear all the time, or just a headcase with Tourette’s syndrome, but I won’t waste my time on somebody who can’t even be bothered to employ basic civility. Consider yourself permanently ignored.

Jeezus keerhist, Rutee, you need to fucking calm the fuck down and stop being such a fucking goddamn foul-mouthed sumbitch! The hell kinda fucking angsty shitty teenage headcase can’t be a little more fucking civil on the internet fucking crap shit balls THE GODDAMN BATMAN!

…I may have lost the train of my critique somewhere in there. Carry on.

VoiP
VoiP
10 years ago

KEEE-RIST ON THE CONCORDE

amandajane5
amandajane5
10 years ago

Sorry, I meant to note that I was actually suggesting a porcupine carcass, not a living animal. That would be cruel.

Bruce McGlory
10 years ago

“Damn, I guess I dreamed all those shows and commercials where middle-class white dudes are the (sole) butt of all the jokes.”

OMG, you’re such a fucking moron. WHO WRITES THE SITCOMS, DIPSHIT?

How does someone so stupid manage to dress himself?

Oh wait – silly me. Mommy does it for him.

Pecunium
10 years ago

(warning, emulation of MRAs follows in the latter portion)

Johhny B: Funny… the OP said, You may not find it funny, but trying to deprive anyone who may find it funny is a dick move and you are a self-righteous asshole

That’s telling people who don’t like the joke (for whatever reason) that they need to just shut the fuck up and let the, “funny” happen.

This is in a forum that’s got it’s jock-straps in a twist because Sharon Osborne made a joke they not only found unfunny, but people they disapprove are alleged to have laughed at it.

When it gets brought up, the feminists (accused of being all over that shit) say, “That some fucked up shit.”

Which is promptly ignored, and the self-same feminsts are told, to their face, that they 1: approve, and 2: never said anything to the contrary.

But Rape Jokes, those are special. Can’t be so humorless as to say, “That joke offended me, maybe it would be nice if people didn’t make fun of rape.”

Nope, it’s not like castration, which happens so often, and to real people, unlike the rare crime of rape, which only happens to women (and slutty women, who were actually asking for it, and probably secretly like it, because they are too shrewish and ugly to get sex from anyone else. I mean, shit, they ought to thank rapist, who were doing them a favor [and taking one for the team, so the uppity little skanks can run around and bitch about how evil men are]).

You want to make rape jokes, or fag jokes, or DV jokes, go ahead. I’m not going to stop you. But I might call you a douchenozzle, and make fun of you.

If you make a living telling jokes, I’ll tell people you tell bad jokes, and why. If they want to go see you, they can.

But telling me to shut up, because I don’t like your jokes… that’s whiny shit.

Pecunium
10 years ago

Basic civility isn’t the same as treating every person with kid gloves.

Hell, basic civility includes not taking offense when someone says they dislike ‘x’ type of joke.

Basic civility would be treating people as if they were capable of dealing with frank, forthright, and; yes sometimes, foul-mouthed, expressions of one’s personal opinions.

It’s not as if one needs to be scatological, nor even crude to make a cutting remark. Please feel free to continue sharing your honest opinions. I, for one, will not think any less of you.

cynickal
cynickal
10 years ago

It sounds like Johnny_b can’t tell the difference between jokes and bullying.

Which says a lot more about him than “humorless feminists.”

FurryCatHerder
FurryCatHerder
10 years ago

The logical end-point of complaining about rape jokes is to outlaw all jokes unless the teller is a black lesbian paraplegic deaf blind mute morbidly obese anorexic rape survivor Jewish victim of Bernie Madoff with Tourettes Syndrome.

If you can find her, I bet she’s got some pretty funny jokes to tell.

Rutee Katreya
10 years ago

You’re kind of a moron, aren’t you? No, because a huge number of very funny jokes don’t require you to mock people who are downtrodden. Sarah Silverman’s entire act is constructed on mocking the powerful and dismantling -isms, for instance.

That sort of whinging just tells me you’re an unfunny bully, not that you’re concerned for comedy.

theLaplaceDemon
theLaplaceDemon
10 years ago

Slippery slope = logical fallacy.

We are allowed to draw lines. We just like to argue about where the line should be.

Also, I don’t think anyone wants to outlaw rape jokes – we just don’t think rape joke tellers deserve sympathy because people call them out on being insensitive assholes.

Bee
Bee
10 years ago

I’m just gonna put this here.

I’ve been really shaken up about this since yesterday. A guy at an improv comedy festival told a (presumably) true story about how he raped a woman. And the audience’s reaction was … mostly … to laugh about it.

It makes my stomach turn. Watch the video. Rape jokes play a HUGE role in supporting an atmosphere that allowed a rapist to treat his actual rape of a real person as a fucking joke.

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